Summer Fencing

From 5th July until after the school summer holidays, we’ll be fencing on Tuesdays only (20:00 – 22:00) at Oxford High School in Belbroughton Road (in North Oxford) OX2 6XA.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. We will be taking electric boxes to enable fencing, and Herman will be available to give lessons as normal. We will NOT be taking any other items of club equipment (weapons, body wires, jackets, masks, etc.) so if you plan to come but don’t own all your own kit, you’ll need to collect it from the club on Friday this week. Please make sure that a committee member or one of the coaches knows what you’ve taken (including serial numbers) before you leave the session tomorrow. 

Directions

Directions to the sports hall at Oxford High School

We can park on site at this time of the evening. When you come into the school if you turn right, drive between the two buildings there is parking at the bottom. If you then walk towards the tennis courts and turn left the sports building is in front of you to the right at the end of the tennis courts. 

The sports hall is to the left. Changing rooms are straight in front of you through the double doors and dry change is on the left.

Hope to see you there!

AGM 17th June 2022

The club will be holding its annual general meeting on Friday 17th June 2022 at the start of our usual Friday fencing session. This is your opportunity to have a say in how the club is run, and we are particuarly interested to hear from any fencers (or their grown-ups) who would be willing to serve on the club committee. If you would like to help, we’ll be glad to answer any questions that you might have and please plan to come along on the 17th.

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Agenda

  • Minutes of AGM 2021 (available to review here)
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Office Bearers (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Welfare Officer)
  • Membership fees
  • Any Other Business

This is your opportunity to have a say in how the club is run, and we are particuarly interested to hear from any fencers (or their grown-ups) who would be willing to serve on the club committee. If you would like to help, I’ll be glad to answer any questions that you might have and please plan to come along on the 17th.

Club Championships

The club championships will be held in the next few weeks. Date are:

Sabre – 22nd April 2022

Epee – 6th May 2022

Foil – 20th May 2022

The format will depend on how many entries we get on the night, but the intention would be to run a round of poules followed by direct elimination. We will aim to run a junior and senior event at each weapon, although the entries may be combined if there are not enough fencers present.

The fencer who does best over all three weapons will be the club Master At Arms and wins the Ralph Evans trophy, named after our late, long-serving chairman who laid the foundations for what the club is today.

Easter Fencing

The club will run as normal over the school Easter holidays EXCEPT that there will be no training on Good Friday (15th April 2022). Tuesday sessions will run as normal, and Fridays will return on 22nd April.

Match vs. Swindon (22 March 2022)

On Tuesday 22nd March, we will be visiting Swindon Fencing Club for a match instead of fencing in Oxford. There are opportunities for both junior and senior fencers to take part, and we’ll try to make it as inclusive as possible.

Juniors: Please try to be ready to fence at 19:00 in the hall (there is a junior beginners class running from 18:00, so people will be there).

Seniors: Please aim to be ready to fence by 20:00. We’ll hope to get foil, epee and sabre together somehow providing that we manage to send enough fencers.

There will be NO FENCING IN OXFORD on 22nd March.

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Club Sessions going well

Our club sessions are proving popular and it’s great to see everyone who’s present safely enjoying themselves and getting stuck in. The sounds of laughter, whoops and clashing of blades warm the heart. We have all three weapons (foil, epee and sabre) represented at all levels. If you’ve not been for a while, we’d love to see you back and you can be sure that there will be someone to fence.

Club session in progress

If you’re a Sabruer, we have a mailing group so that you can arrange your attendance at a session and be doubly sure that you’ll have someone to fence. If you’re a foilist or epeeist and would like us to set up something similar, then please get in touch.